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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (1284 Pte A. Proudfoot RH)

Note: The Delhi Durbar Medal 1911 is regimentally locally impressed in the correct style for awards of this medal to the 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)

Important: The medal is verified on the respective medal roll of 2nd Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), reference WO 100/400

Abraham Proudfoot, the son of Alexander & Margaret Proudfoot, was a native of Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, where born circa 1890. The 1901 National Census for Scotland records Abraham as a Scholar, residing with his parents, two elder sisters and an elder brother (two other elder brothers were already by this time serving with the Black Watch) and living at the family home located at, 17 St. Patrick Square, Edinburgh. Abraham enlisted in the British Army, sometime in 1908, joining the 'Family Regiment, the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), and was subsequently drafted overseas to British India, where 2nd Black Watch were serving their overseas tour between 1902-1914. During his service in British India, Abraham had the distinction of serving at the great imperial assembelage - the Delhi Durbar - held at Delhi in December 1911, and the only time a ruling British monarch visited British India - and whereat the 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders provided a Guard of Honour at the Durbar ceremonies. The 2nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), received new regimental colours from the King Emperor, George V, at Delhi, and layer silver Durbar medals were issued to the few 'selected' all-ranks of the regiment, including a covetted award being issued to Abrham Proudfoot (the medal roll refers)

At the the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, Abraham was still in India, serving at Bareilly Cantonment, where his battalion was a constituent unit of the mixed 'Bareilly Brigade', of the newly created 7th (Meerut) Division of the Army in India. Meerut Division was mobilized for war service and embarked from India for France on 21 September 1914. The 2nd Black Watch, with Abraham, now a Lance Corporal, first entering a theatre of war 'France', when he disembarked at Marseilles, France, on 12 October 1914. Abraham was never alone, while serving in India, or after disembarkation in France, as soldiering was very much in the Proudfoot blood, and the Black Watch was the family regiment, with Abraham having two older brothers serving in the battalion at the same time as senior NCO's, vis, Pipe-Sergeant Archibald Proudfoot (Prisoner-of War, 27 September 1915) & Company Sergeant Major Robert Proudfoot (Killed-in-Action 21 January 1916) - a magnificent fighting Back Watch tradition. For his services in the Great War, Private Abraham Proudfoot received a 1914 Star with dated clasp, British War Medal & Interallied Victory Medals (reference the respective medal rolls WO 329/2460 & WO 329/1351). Abraham survived the Great War and continued to serve with 'The Colours' and with the Black Watch into the 1920's, receiving his unique Army Number 2744696 in 1920. Later per Army Order 368 of 1926, he was in that year awarded his Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

A splendid large group photograph titled 'Belfast Family's Army Record' was published in the Belfast Evening Telegraph issue of 8 October 1914, including named photographs of all the Proudfoot family brothers and cousins then in uniform (8 of them) together with other family members

A most desirable Delhi Durbar Medal, to a son of a proud and loyal family that served in the Black Watch - the senior and most famous of the Highland Regiments

Sold together with some copied research, including extract page from the Delhi Durbar Medal roll

Condition: Toned VF

Code: 18679Price: 285.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue. 'Female' issue mounted on original silk bow riband, as worn by female recipients

Un-named as issued

The original silk riband 'sans' mounting pin

Condition: GVF

Code: 18933Price: 195.00 GBP

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue (W. G. A. Hanrahan. Govt India.)

Medal verified reference 'The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)'

From same above cited source;


Hanraham, William George Augustine; 4th s. of Mr. Patrick William and Mary Bridgeway of Limerick, Ireland; educ: Old Hall, England; m. Regina, d. of late George Aviet; 1 s. and 1 d.; won Delhi Durbar medal, 1911; K-I-H. medal, 1912; Order of St. John, 1913; Royal Red Cross of Japan, 1914; Vice-President for India for the League of Mercy, Head-quarters Dufferin Fund, Victoria Scholarships Fund, St. John Ambulance Association, and St. John Ambulance Brigade. Address; Viceregal Lodge, Delhi, India. Club: Junior Conservative


From sources consulted, Hanrahan received below orders & decorations;

- Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil). LG Date 1919
- Order of St John of Jerusalem
- Kaisar-I-Hind. GV First class Gold
- Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver
- Order of the League Of Mercy
- Voluntary War Work in India 1914-1919 Badge
- Japan: Red Cross Order (1914)

Note: The Delhi Durbar medal was the only named medal worn by the recipient - all the recipient's British and World Orders bestowed upon him being un-named

A most interesting and multi-decorated recipient - and the founding father of the St John Ambulance Brigade in India

Condition: About EF

Code: 19164Price:

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Delhi Durbar Medal 1911. Silver issue. Mounted on original 'Lady's' bow riband, as worn by female recipients. Named to (M. L. Gruning Delhi Dec: 1911)

The medal riband complete with mounting bar attached, this latter retaining its hinged pin and clasp fittings

Important: Recipient is positively identified as Mabel Lydia Grunning (nee Baker), who was the wife of senior Indian Civil Service Officer, Sir John Frederick Grunning, C.I.E., I.C.S.

Mabel Lydia Gruning (nee Baker), was the daughter of Edward Biscay Marenatus Baker (Deputy Inspector General of Indian Police) and Margaret Susannah Baker (nee Day). Mabel was an overseas born British citizen, born at Barrackpore, India, on 13 July 1879. Mabel married John Frederick Gruning, I.C.S., at Dibrugarh, Assam, India, on 27 May 1903

Mabel's husband, John Frederick Gruning, C.I.E. (1915), I.C.S., was the son and heir of Henry Gruning, and was born on 1 October 1870, at Hampstead, Middlesex, England. A graduate of Cambridge Univeristy, John joined the Indian Civil Service in 1892. John is recorded as having died at Patna, India, on 3 October 1922. During his long and distinguished career in the Indian Civil Service, he had spent many years in Assam, in which province he had held the appointment of Deputy Commissioner, and authored a book titled 'Eastern Assam and Assam District Gazetteer' that was published in 1911

Mabel Lydia Gruning, is recorded as having died at Poole, Dorset, England in 1960

The original silk riband 'sans' mounting pin

A scarce 'named' Delhi Durbar medal named to a female recipient

Condition: About EF

Code: 19331Price:

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Coronation Medal 1911. Mounted on a 'Female' bow riband

The medal mounted on original 'Female bow' silk riband, retaining the original mounting pin with pin and clasp fittings

An attractive example of a Coronation Medal mounted for wear by a woman recipient

Condition: EF

Code: 19168Price: 85.00 GBP

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Jubilee Medal 1935

The medal mounted on good length of stitched silk riband, and as-worn by a recipient

Condition: GVF

Code: 19160Price: 35.00 GBP

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Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service Medal. GVI first issue obverse

An un-named and un-marked medal struck at the Royal Mint

Note: Awards of this the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Long Service Medal were extended to include specified colonial Naval Volunteer Reserves (for example in Canada & South Africa respectively viz RCNVR & RSANVR) and from circa 1932/1933 eligibility was extended to the Straits Settlements Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (SSRNVR) in Singapore & Malaya, and to the Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (HKRNVR)

Condition: Toned EF

Code: 19758Price:

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Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal. GVI first issue obverse

An un-named and un-marked medal from the Royal Mint

Condition: EF

Code: 19757Price:

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Nigeria: Independence Medal 1960

Sold together with a companion contemporary miniature medal

Note: Unrestricted permission to wear this commonwelath indepdence medla in British military uniform was granted per authority of Army Council Instruction 69 of 1964

The award criteria for British Army personnel was serving in a seconded capacity with the Nigerian Forces on 1 October 1960

Ribbons soiled

Condition: GVF

Code: 19158Price: 25.00 GBP

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Military Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. Victorian 3rd type issue with small letters reverse (Serjeant Major W, Papworth 1st. Regt. N.I.)

Note: Single letter 'J' officially corrected in rank

Important: The recipient William Papworth, a professional soldier, was a Eurasian (described as 'Indo-Britain' (sic) in 1846) serving as Sergeant Major in the 1st Madras Native Infantry at the time of earning his Long Service & Good Conduct Medal - a scarce & early instance of the imperial issue LS&GC medal being awarded to a Eurasian serving in the 'Indian Army'

The recipient William Papworth, son of William Papworth, was born in India circa 1821, and was of Eurasian descent (his marriage records describes him as 'Indo-Britain' (sic). During his long service in the East India Company's Madras Army, William is known to have served as a 'Gunner' serving in C Company 1st Battalion Foot Artillery, and appears to have remained a 'Gunner' through the 1850's . Following the transfer of power from the East Indian Company to the British Government, and the transfer of the Madras Artillery to the British Army, William was retained in the Madras Presidency Army, and transferred to the infantry where he was one of the very last Eurasians to hold the appointment of 'Sergeant Major' - the unique and senior-most NCO rank in any Madras Native Infantry Regiment - to serve as Sergeant Major of the 1st Madras Native Infantry Regiment from at circa 1861-69

William Papworth, described as an Indo-Britain (sic) serving as Gunner in the Foot Artillery, married Mary Ann Richardson at Bangalore, Madras Presidency, India, on 5 May 1846. At the time of his marriage William was reported to be 23 years of age while his bride was only 14 years of age!

In the years that followed their marriage, the couple were blessed with many children, albeit several of them died in infancy in India, due to illness and disease - and atypical of the common dangers that stalked service families, whether British, Eurasian or Indian, in that era. From records held at The British Library, we know, with certainty, of the below following children born to the Papworth's;

1846: Amelia Papworth. Born at Trichinopoly. Shed died of 'Smallpox' in 1851
1847: Frederick William Papworth. Born at Trichinopoly
1850: Elizabeth Papworth. Born Madras Presidency. Died, Bangalore 1851
1862: Charles Papworth (son): Born at Hoshangabad, Bengal Presidency
1864: Albert Edward Walter: Born at Hoshangabad, Bengal Presidency
1865: William Papworth: Born Hoshangabad. Later Drummer The Buffs East Kent Regt
1869: James Thomas Papworth: Born, Kamptee. Died age 2 months & 17 days
1869: Martha Jane Papworth: Born, Born, 2 March 1869 at Kamptee, Bengal Presidency

Other likely children are Joseph Papworth born 1852 (who was later working as a Guard, Holkar State Railway) who died in 1882, and Richard Papworth born, 1853 (subsequently became a Warrant Officer 'Conductor' in Commissariat Corps)

Sergeant Major William Papworth, 1st Madras Native Infantry Regiment, is recorded as having died at Kamptee, Bengal, India, on 16 May 1869, cause of death being 'Secondary Fever' he was cited as being 48 years of age at the time of his death- sadly his youngest son, James, still a baby, died only 2 days after his father, at the tender age of 2 months and 17 days.

The 1st Regiment of Madras Native Infantry, trace their origins to 1758, when they were raised as the 1st Battalion Coast Sepoys.The regiment took part in the Carnatic Wars in 17461763 and then the Third Anglo-Mysore War. In the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War they took part in the Battle of Seedaseer, the Battle of Seringapatam, the Battle of Nagpore. The regiment also served overseas in Burma in 1826, and again in 1852. The regiment was also in action during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, where they served in the Central India Campaign. For their services prior to 1869, the regiment had accrued an impressive array of battle honours, including two for 'overseas' in Burma in 1826 & 1852. The regiments pre 1869 battle honours honours were;;

- Carnatic
- Mysore
- Seringapatam
- Seetabuldee
- Nagpore
- Ava
- Pegu
- Central India

The regiment underwent many name changes during it's existence, per the following regimental chronology;

1758: 1st Battalion Coast Sepoys
1769: 1st Carnatic Battalion
1784: 1st Madras Battalion
1796: 1st Battalion,1st Madras Native Infantry
1824: 1st Madras Native Infantry
1883: 1st Madras Native Infantry (Pioneers)
1885: 1st Madras Infantry (Pioneers)
1901: 1st Madras Pioneers
1903: 61st Madras Pioneers
1906: 61st Prince of Wales's Own Pioneers
1910: 61st King George's Own Pioneers
1922: 1st Battalion 1st Madras Pioneers
1929: Corps of Madras Pioneers
1933: Disbanded

A scarce and desirable Eurasian 'Sergeant Major's' imperial issue long service & good conduct medal

Condition: About VF

Code: 19658Price:

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